100 old school Milwaukee memories, part III
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Remembering the past and embracing the future, that's what we are all about at OnMilwaukee.com. So, here is the third installment of our ever-popular "Old School Milwaukee" lists. Memories, personalities, buildings, businesses, all things that take us back to the streets of an older Milwaukee. Please enjoy and don't forget to review our first two lists, and to talk back to this article with your personal Milwaukee memories.
- Bob Barry at Sunny 920, WOKY
- Broken cookies at Johnston Bakery on National Avenue ($1 a bag)
- Boston Store's restaurant and daily fashion shows
- Joe and Tom Sardino's on the east side
- Kopp's on 60th & Lisbon
- Marquette University football team
- Wair's Bridal Shop on Mitchell Street
- The Fruit Ranch
- The Layton Art Gallery on Jefferson Street
- Mother Goose House
- The Gilpatrick Hotel (notorious for being the place where Teddy Roosevelt was shot during an attempted assassination in October 1912. The Gilpatrick closed in 1941 and the Hyatt Regency Milwaukee is now on the site)
- Kalt's on Oakland
- Third Ward Block Parties with the re-created fire
- Earwaves and Dirty Jack's Record Rack
- Next Best Thing on Villard
- Union Depot
- The Butterfly Theatre
- The Miller Hotel and Vaudeville Theatre
- Peach's Records & Tapes
- Hot Sam's at Mayfair
- Dreamland Dance Hall
- Park Avenue
- George Carlin's Summerfest arrest -- damn those seven words you can't say on TV
- Frenchy's on North Avenue
- The St. Charles Hotel
- The Milwaukee Free Press
- The Blatz Hotel
- Redwood and Ross
- Espenhain's Department Store
- "Ask your Neighbor"
- The Globe Hotel at Cass & Wisconsin (the Firstar Building now occupies the site)
- The Republican House
- The closing of The Davidson Theater in 1954
- Wisconsin Skate University on 27th Street (now it's Romine's)
- Ron Cuzner's The Dark Side Jazz Radio
- Dutchland Dairy
- Joe Shott and the Hot Shots
- The Jewel Food Store on 68th and State
- The Knotty Pine in Wauwatosa
- WTMJ's Gordon Thomas
- UWM's football team
- The Onion Crook at Southridge
- The North Shore Line, the Inter Urban and other passenger trains
- Walter Anderson and Hig Murray, the farm reporters for WTMJ
- Milwaukee's Electroliner
- Wadham's pagoda style gas station (two Pagoda gas stations can still be seen in Milwaukee, although they are no longer in service)
- "Bill Cosgrove what a GREAT GREAT GUYYYYYYYYYY!!!"
- "Ruby Ruby Ruby Ruby Ruby Chevrolet (come in today!)!!"
- "I'm from Milwaukee and I oughta know...that BLATZ BEER TASTES GREAT...whereever you go..."
- Muk Luk boots
- Santa's Secret Gift Shop at Gimbels
- Marine Bank's Wally the Walrus
- U.S. Army NIKE missile base in Lake Park
- The Stone Toad
- Stewart's (next to Chapman's)
- The '57 World Series
- Nickel Beer nights at County Stadium
- Red Carpet Lanes
- Blue Jay Bowl
- The "old" Billy Mitchell Field Airport
- Lucifer's in West Allis
- Oliver's downtown
- Cheetah Nite Clubs
- "For quality heating service, you feel better if you call Wisconsin Ice and Coal, Broad-way six nine three one one"
- Easter Sunday, 1987
- The Billy Bookworm Club sponsored by Milwaukee Public Library system
- Mrs Howe's potato chips
- "Be Wiser Buy Geiser's"
- Phil Token & His Singing Pontiac (PONTI)
- Judge Christ Seraphim's suspension in 1980
- "Hi this is Eddie Doucette for MBTI"
- 3D cameras from David White Co.
- La Veers
- The City Club
- The Brass Ring Pub
- The Unicorn
- Cafe Voltaire
- The Attic North and West
- Starz on 100
- Wine and Roses
- The Red Corvette
- The Greentree and 25¢ Busch beer (If ya wanna stay later, ya gotta come earlier!")
- Good Time Charlie's
- Fried Eggs and Tootsie's
- The Circle
- Ask Andy
- WKTI's "push 'em down the stairs"
- Humpin' Hanna's
- The Mine Shaft
- The "Outdoor Olympic Ice Rink" at State Fair Park
- Relish trays with every dinner, everywhere
- Old Milwaukee Days
- Earl Gillespie
- Gertie the Duck book
How about La Joys Restaurant on 47th and Lisbon Ave. Emma Langs Smartwear on Milwaukee and Wisconsin Ave Downtown. I clerked there in High School. Waited on Mrs. Vince Lombardi once!
How about these....Little Richards on Oklahoma Ave; The Butter Bun on Wisconsin Ave; Groppi's Meat Market in Bay View; The Grogg Shoppe on Front St; The Safe House on front St; ice skating at EZ Painter and Saveland Park ice rinks; Moreway on Layton; Joseph Schlitz Circus Parade; Downtown YMCA & YWCA; Golden Guernsey milk home deliveries and Goldmans on Mitchell, to name a few.
Does anybody know about Tata Ryby;;;other than he wore black, had a long beard, walked in parades down Lincoln Avenue, had a cigar named after him?? I remember TaTa Ryby when I was a kid playing in Kosciuszko Park. Everyone remembers him,,,but so far, nobody knew his real name, where he lived, where he worked, how he was named TaTa Ryby (father fish). I am working with an anthropoligist who wants to do a story on him, but we are at a dead end. This guy was a lincoln ave icon, but no one knows anything. Tom Kondrakiewicz e-mail email@example.com Jan 20th,2013. PLEASE HELP.
anyone remember where the "Saloon" was located on the East side
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